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A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. ... See full summary »

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Matthew Heineman
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 15 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Abdelaziz Alhamza ... Himself (as Aziz)
Mohamad Almusari Mohamad Almusari ... Himself
Hamoud Almousa ... Himself
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi ... Himself (archive footage)
Naji Jerf Naji Jerf ... Himself (archive footage)
Hassan Hassan ... Himself, Hamoud Almousa's brother
Hussam Hussam ... Himself, founder of RBSS
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A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today. Written by Production

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Our words are stronger than their weapons

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Documentary | War

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, and for some language | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Spökstaden See more »

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Turkey See more »

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$128,015, 7 September 2017
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Color
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Featured in Docventures: Valta ja ISIS (2018) See more »

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Broken Wing
Written by Jackson Greenberg, Wasfi Massarani & H. Scott Salinas
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courage
5 July 2017 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Oscar nominated director Matthew Heineman delivered the stunning documentary Cartel Land in 2015, and here he once again proves his expertise as the messenger of important (and dangerous) stories that need to be told.

The film begins in the Syrian city of Ragga in 2012, and we see the beginning of the revolution against the Assad regime. The sayings "Death is Death" and "Danger has a special taste" come into play, and by the end of the film, there is a clarity that is devastating.

The courageous and dedicated Citizen Journalists are divided into two groups: the internal who risk their lives in Ragga uploading news stories and videos of ISIS actions and, the external who are based in Turkey and Germany and post regularly to social media outlets. Both groups live vagabond lives – always on the move in an effort to avoid capture. Their combined efforts and risk taking allow the real story to be told from their home city mostly cut-off from the outside world – as evidenced by the satellite graveyard.

Some quite graphic and violent video clips are used to bring poignancy and meaning to the words spoken by the brave individuals (rebels in the best sense) being interviewed. The clips are also in contrast to the quietly dignified, yet urgent approach they take in reporting developments.

RBSS (Ragga is Being Silently Slaughtered) is the movement spreading the truth about ISIS atrocities – including public beheadings, shootings, and bombings. It's a terrifying story, never more so than during the professionally produced recruiting ISIS videos featuring young children. These courageous folks have had friends, family and neighbors slaughtered which inspires them to continue fighting the guns and bombs with the power of words. It's breathtaking.


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